Depression affects everyone differently, and the specific symptoms you experience may vary based on who you are. There’s more than one type of depression, including major depressive disorder (MDD), persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The specific diagnosis you have might impact how you experience depression. For example, with PMDD, symptoms will occur primarily before your menstrual period. Or, with persistent depressive disorder, you may experience symptoms in a consistent but lower-level form.
With that in mind, some of the most commonly acknowledged signs and symptoms of depression can include but aren’t limited to the following:
- Loss of interest in activities you’d typically enjoy
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
- Social isolation or withdrawal from others
- A down, low, or depressed mood
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Appetite changes
- Excessive crying
- Body aches
Depression can impact every area of your life, from interpersonal relationships to work and self-care. While many people attempt to ignore or push away their symptoms of depression, this can have a counterintuitive effect. On the other hand, treatment for depression is associated with a range of positive outcomes, which can include but aren’t restricted to full recovery, reduced symptoms of depression, and even better physical health.